Rich Culinary Tradition
Istria, the biggest East Adriatic peninsula and the treasury of many centuries, displays a specific culture of preparing food, recognized by numerous guests as the special quality of this climate.
The rich Istrian cuisine offers variety of meals. Every village has its own typical seasoning and aroma. Still, Istrian cooking stays faithful to its tradition, offering its typical traditional meals, such as “maneštra”(thick soup containing noodles, rice, vegetables, etc, and Parmesan) with fennel, macaroni, polenta cooked in Istrian way, cabbage with lamb prepared under a baking lid.
Most famous meals are the Istrian smoked ham, pork fillet and sausages. Istrian sea is rich with seafood. The most valued fish is the sea bass, as well as gilthead and sole. The most famous shells are oysters and mussels.
Wine has been part of the Istrian tradition for centuries. The most popular white wines are the Istrian malmsey, the grey and white Pinot, Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Among the red wines the best are the red Teran, Merlot, “Borgonja”, “Refošk” and “Hrvatica”. We also recommend the famous “istrian rakija”, brandy.